Botanical Name: Cyclopia Intermedia
Honeybush is an herbal tea. It is brewed with parts of the honeybush plant and not from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant like a traditional green or black teas. Therefore, honeybush tea is completely caffeine-free.
Honeybush is most credited as an expectorant, which promotes the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract. Honeybush’s lack of caffeine makes it especially suited for nighttime consumption as a calming effect for those who experience nervousness or restlessness, without sedative properties.
Other benefits include:
The traditional use of the tea for treating cough may be explained by
its content of pinitol, a modified sugar that is similar to inositol. Pinitol,
named for its major source, pine trees, is also found in the leaves of
several legume plants; it is an expectorant. Pinitol is also being studied for apparent blood-sugar lowering effects, although, it may increase the effects of insulin.
Honeybush also contains flavones, isoflavones, coumestans, luteolin,
4-hydroxycinnamic acid, polyphenols, and xanthones. These ingredients serve as antioxidants and may help lower blood lipids. The isoflavones and coumestans are classified as phytoestrogens, used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The flavones and isoflavones of honeybush are similar to those in soy, another leguminous plant, also used in treatment of menopausal symptoms.
It also has a low content of tannins, so it doesn't make a highly astringent tea, which can be a problem with some grades of black or green tea or when ordinary tea is steeped too long.
There are no significant side effects reported for honeybush tea. However, before taking any herbal tonic or using any herbal treatment it is always smart to check with your physician to make sure that it does not interfere with your current medications or management of a medical condition.
Botanical Name: Sambucus Nigra
Historians generally trace the tradition of the elderberry’s healing power back to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine,” who described this plant as his “medicine chest” for the wide variety of ailments it seemed to cure.
Elderberries are high in flavonoids (rutin, quercetin), terpenes, sambunigrin, sambucine, chlorgenic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, + Potassium.
Do not consume raw berries, can induce vomiting and diarrhea. Can occasionally cause a mild allergic reaction - consult your healthcare professional if you think you are having a reaction. Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding. Not recommended for children. Consult your healthcare professional if you have an autoimmune condition as elderberry may stimulate the immune system. Do not take if you have had an organ transplant. Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications before using elderberry.
Botanical Name: Rosa Canina
This traditional wild berry that has been eaten and used for medicine on three continents for thousands of years. Europe, Asia and North America all have traditions that incorporate Rosehips because of its many antioxidant properties.
Benefits are thought to be attributed to a series of complex chemicals found in Rosehips in the form of polyphenols and anthocyanins in combination with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which helps reduce inflammation and free radical enzymes that break down cartilage in the joints.
Rosehips are known to be helpful with symptoms associated with:
It is also used for:
Botanical Name: Hibiscus Sabdariffa
Described as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Hibiscus
is associated with love, lust, beauty and feminine energy.